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About Marcella (Marcie) J. Myers

I am a Professor in the Department of Biology at St. Catherine University and a Carondelet Scholar. I work in the areas of physiology and physical anthropology (PhD from UW-Madison), with a particular focus on the locomotor physiology and biomechanics of humans in contemporary as well as early human populations. I am co-PI on a $1.5 M R25 NIA grant called Katies for Aging Research and Equity (KARE), which will prepare diverse students for careers in longevity and aging research. I teach Comparative Physiology, Measuring Human Locomotion, Biology of Women, and Sophomore and Senior Seminar.

My research is done collaboratively with undergraduate students and immerses them in all aspects of the experimental process: protocol design, data collection, analysis, and publishing and presenting results. My research looks at factors influencing the metabolic cost of walking and running in humans, particularly while carrying “loads” (children, belly fat, backpacks, or during pregnancy). Recently, my collaborators and I have focused on the energy flux in females and their offspring, including thermoregulation in mothers and their infants and the costs of carrying infants and toddlers. Through my work at the Women's Health Integrative Research (WHIR) Center we are also studying a novel gait training device aimed at improving walking speed and symmetry in elders.

Positions

2011 - Present Director of the Women's Health Integrative Research Center, St. Catherine University
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2011 - Present Professor of Biology, St. Catherine University Biology Department
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2004 - 2011 Associate Professor of Biology, St. Catherine University
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1999 - 2004 Assistant Professor of Biology, St. Catherine University
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1998 - 1999 Associate Faculty Associate, University of Wisconsin
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1996 - 1998 Assistant Faculty Associate, University of Wisconsin
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1995 - 1996 Research Associate/Assistant Project Coordinator, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
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1990 Visiting Instructor, Carleton College
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Curriculum Vitae




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Honors and Awards

  • Endowed Professor in the Sciences, St Catherine University (2009-2012)
  • Research and Creative Work on Women Award, Collaborative Research Category (with Anna Myhre and Cara Wall-Scheffler), Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, St. Catherine University (2014)
  • Carondelet Scholar, St. Catherine University (2012-2018)

Courses

  • Biology of Women
  • Measuring Human Locomotion
  • Comparative Physiology

Education

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1995 Ph.D., Zoology, University of Wisconsin Madison
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1983 M.S. Zoology, University of Wisconsin Madison
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1980 B.S. Zoology, University of Wisconsin Madison
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Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-8733

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Research Works (11)